I mentioned in my “Tip of the Week” video yesterday that I use Slope Stands from dekke.net for my iPad and iPhone. These are really smart and useful aluminium stands that have nanofoam suction pads on the surface and bottom of the stands to grip your iOS device and stick the stands to the table.
I’ve had mine for years and heartily recommend them – hence my mentioning them on the video.
Unbeknownst to me, it transpires that Dekke have an “Inventory Clearance” sale going on that finishes today – with both stands available for 50% off!
I’m not sure what happens after the sale or if the Slope Stands will be available from tomorrow, but you’ll need to act quickly if you’re thinking of getting one.
This is not an affiliated offer and I get no commission for promoting the stands – I just think they are pretty cool devices.
Thanks to Frank Petrie for the heads up!
If you checked out my updated Setup page, you’ll be aware that I’ve been using the LG 34UM95 34″ 21:9 Wide Screen Monitor.
It’s a beautiful monitor with a fantastic screen resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and the ultra wide format really is a boon with lot’s of screen real estate to play with. The 21:9 format is fantastic, especially for applications with a linear timeline such as Final Cut Pro or Screenflow. Plus, it’s optimised for Macs with built in Thunderbolt 2.
The screen is wide though, very wide.
Hence my eyebrow raised when I heard about a new version of the LG 34UM95 to be launched at IFA 2014 next month – The LG 34UC97 – a curved version of the 34UM95!
Based on personal experience with the 34UM95, a curved version of the screen would be amazing. Viewing the huge width would benefit from a slight curvature, bring the edges of the screen in closer to the user.
LG have published a photo of three of curved displays together, although to my eye, I don’t think they are the 21:9 aspect ratio displays. But the photo does give an impression on how awesome three curved screens would be.
So will I get one?
It really depends on pricing, availability as well as what else is happening in the monitor world.
Now I have a 4K camera and a Mac Pro, it may be time to start thinking of a 4K display, although I really do like the 21:9 aspect ratio.
Don’t forget, we also are waiting for Apple to show their hand on what they are proposing to do in the monitor space.
Perhaps before Christmas?
Following many requests, I’ve updated my setup page on the blog and re-published it, bringing it back up to date and identifying many of the elements shown on the blog header image.
You can find the updated page via the menu on the blog, or via this link.
Just a couple of points – The Panasonic GH4 camera is brand new and as a total photography newbie, it’s early days. Starting to get to grips with it but I mainly acquired it as a way into 4K video. I’ll be exploring more as I get to grips with it and will keep you informed of progress.
You may notice that the original Mackie audio mixer and external audio gear is now unlisted. I’ve moved over to processing my audio for the show using software rather that external audio hardware – Audio Hijack Pro as a live noise gate and Adobe Audition 2014 for post processing. It remains to be seen if I continue doing that, or if I go back to using external gear.
The Apollo Twin audio interface is currently unplugged as I’ve been having crashes when trying to use it with ScreenFlow – I’m using the Onyx Blackmagic USB interface for now until I can get to the bottom of the crashing problem.